ERIC Number: EJ942036
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Aug
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
Voluntary Self-Control: Education Reform as a Governmental Strategy
Pongratz, Ludwig A.
Educational Philosophy and Theory, v38 n4 p471-482 Aug 2006
This paper takes the vigorous political debate unleashed in Germany by the results of the PISA study as a stimulus to take a closer look at the strategic aims and effects of the current education reforms, of which the PISA study is only one example. It shows that the reform measures underpin a powerful process of normalisation. In this context, the PISA study, along with other reform measures, can be seen as a "power stabiliser". The paper indicates how techniques of political domination are linked with "technologies of the self" and how the "discourse of self organization" can be seen as the core of a governmental strategy to assimilate education more thoroughly than ever before into a network of disciplinary procedures and "voluntary self-control".
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, International Education, Educational Change, Power Structure, Government Role, Public Policy, Social Control, Role of Education, Educational Environment, Politics of Education, Educational Policy, Discourse Analysis, Self Control
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Germany
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Program for International Student Assessment